Global ePaper Industry Weekly Bulletin #17|Electronic Typewriter with Open-source DIY Version

By   | Updated: 2023-12-26 18:08:02

Quadrant Lab, in collaboration with the ePaper Industry Alliance (EPIA) has launched the Quadrant.ePaper weekly bulletin, aiming to provide readers with insights on global industry innovations and the latest news on the ePaper industry and connecting the global IoT ecosystem.


01 ZeroWriter: A DIY Electronic Typewriter


ZeroWriter is an open-source DIY tool that allows users to assemble an ePaper typewriter similar to the Freewrite Traveler using components costing less than $200. To assemble this device, a 3D-printed case, a 4.2-inch ePaper display, Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, microSD card, and an external battery pack are required. Users can also choose different keyboard and case designs based on their needs. Currently, the necessary 3D design files and software for ZeroWriter have been made open-source.


02 Make a Multi-purpose Dice with an ePaper Display


Sasa Karanović has created a tool using an ePaper display that can simulate different types of dice in board games, such as 6-sided, 12-sided, and 20-sided dice. Each press of this device is equivalent to rolling a dice and displays a random result on the ePaper. For board game players, having such a tool means they no longer need to carry a whole set of dice. Sasa Karanović's tool is battery-powered, controlled by a low-power microcontroller, and integrates the ePaper and frame as buttons to provide a physical pressing experience.


03 GENETOUCH Plans for Mass Production of Full-color eReaders and ESLs in the 2nd Quarter of 2024


GENETOUCH showcased a 10-inch full color eReader and electronic tags at the product exhibition held by Tianma Microelectronics. Trial production is expected to start in January 2024, with mass production beginning in the second quarter.

GENETOUCH has partnered with IRIS since the end of 2022 to develop commercialized cholesteric liquid crystal full-color ePaper displays. IRIS provides the core technology for cholesterol liquid crystal full-color ePaper, GENETOUCH focuses on display product development, and Tianma Microelectronics is involved in display panel mass production development. GENETOUCH will also establish a subsidiary office in mainland China to strengthen market layout and business promotion.


04 SeekInk's ePaper Module Factory Project in Vietnam was Approved


On December 20th, the Jiangxi Provincial Development and Reform Commission approved the investment in a new ePaper module factory in Vietnam with an annual production capacity of 24 million panels by Seekink. The notification shows that the company plans to invest $4.12 million through its Hong Kong subsidiary to build the ePaper module factory in Ba Son Industrial Zone, Binh Chuan District, Vinh Phuc Province, Vietnam.